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Two Fisted Law with Tim McCoy and John Wayne (1932)




Two-Fisted Law (1932)
Tim McCoy ... Tim Clark
John Wayne ... Duke
Walter Brennen - Sheriffâs Deputy Bendix
Story by William Colt MacDonald (Creator of The Three Mesqueteers stories)
Made by Columbia Studios

Written by pulp writer William Colt MacDonald, this Tim McCoy Columbia Studios Western may have been the forerunner of McDonald's later so popular The Three Mesqueteers. John Wayne, whose character is named, appropriately, Duke, and Wallace MacDonald (no relation to William Colt) play McCoy's loyal ranch hands, and although they remain in the background for part of the action, the germ of the triad hero is there.
Tim McCoy plays a rancher losing his property to a crooked money-lender turned cattle rustler (Wheeler Oakman). The villain is in league with a sheriff's deputy (Walter Brennan) and together they rob the Wells Fargo. There is a final shootout and the dying deputy confesses to both the Wells Fargo heist and to the fact that Tim's ranch was illegally obtained.
John Wayne, who didn't get along with Tim McCoy and had several rows with studio czar Harry Cohn, swore that he would never again work for Columbia, a promise he kept.
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Run time 56 minutes 53 seconds
Producer William Colt MacDonald
Audio/Visual sound, black and white
Language English

Credits

Tim McCoy ... Tim Clark
John Wayne ... Duke
Walter Brennen … Sheriff’s Deputy Bendix
Story by William Colt MacDonald (Creator of The Three Mesqueteers stories)
Made by Columbia Studio

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Reviewer: bobsluckycat - favoritefavoritefavorite - March 21, 2010
Subject: A Classic Western Plot
Tim McCoy is the staunch hero, Wheeler Oakman the scheming villan and they play off each other so well. The McCoy-Oakman duo was in many westerns together and they were good together. In this one Oakman has most of the dialogue, hoary as it is by today's standards. This movie has a few scenes missing, but covered by the dialogue in other scenes, so you don't miss anything. If anything, this picture is a little too talkie, but it has its action moments too.
I'm a Tim McCoy buff, but I'll be objective.
William Colt McDonald probably worked in basic western plots as good as anybody, and better than most. So the story is quite good.
About the actors; John Wayne has a minor part as does Wallace McDonald. Notice the contrast between the two. The camera loves John Wayne, and McDonald comes off as rather bland and it is quite evident. Walter Brennan gives an early supporting role more than it needs, as does Dick Alexander. Yes it's predictable, but good fun. Enjoy.
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